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The History of Linux

Our next event chonicles the advent of Linux, from the factors that made it’s inception possible to the present day where it’s low TCO and meagre performance requirements have made it a serious contender in a number of global markets. Here’s a short synopsis of what the talk will cover

linuxLooking back from the pre-history of Linux, and the events that would lead up to the first public announcement of the Linux kernel in 1991, up until the present day – the events that shaped this operating system, and how it would develop. Linux is the first major and undoubtedly most prominent success of the “internet bazaar” style of collaboration and development. Many notable accidents of computing history have made Linux possible – from AT&T’s policies in the 1980s over Unix that resulted in the birth of the Free Software Foundation, as well as one of Britain’s least successful personal computers. Along the way, Linux has garnered criticism from academics and praise from corporations, to attempts at destruction from some corporations, and adoption by academics. Today, Linux is still an ongoing project – like many major efforts in software, development is a never ending task with new concepts being applied in areas thought to be mundane and settled, such as the filesystem and scheduler. To understand why Linux is where it is today, the talk will cover the history and events surrounding this operating system, from the pre-history of 1969 up to the present day.

We look forward to your attendance at this event. Please notify Events using our contact form if you are planning to attend so we can ensure seating for everyone.

Venue
Claremont Hotel on Thursday 27th August

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